Social Justice Atheist Geekery

Links post for 2017-10-30 to 2017-11-05

  • Get America Covered – I’ve seen countless small business owners and self-employed entrepreneurs talk about how the ACA helped them make the leap away from working for someone else, because they didn’t need to depend on an employer for affordable health insurance or worry about pre-existing conditions. If you know someone who’s self-employed, think about asking whether they’ve arranged for health insurance.
  • Notre Dame Is Dropping Birth Control Coverage For Students, Employees – When I started seeing headlines about this, I initially missed the implications for students. It’s one (heartless) thing to tell working women that their birth control is going to be way more expensive because of who they happen to work for. It’s even worse to tell students – who don’t have a regular income and are frequently building debt already – that certain health choices will impose and undue financial burden.
    It’s just funny how so many of the same people arguing for “personal responsibility” want to use legal and economic coercion to impose their beliefs on other people’s responsible choices.

[UPDATE – Notre Dame has apparently reversed this decision. The right call, but not as good as if they hadn’t tried to do the wrong thing in the first place ]

Buzzfeed has a post on Twitter’s “new rules”

Buzzfeed has a post on Twitter’s “new rules” that has the best update/correction:


This post has been updated to make it clear that Twitter’s update merely adds clarity to existing rules. The rules themselves remain unchanged.

Anyone still on there, lemme know how that works out for you.

there are many alternatives to twitter…

When I was in the process of deleting my Twitter account (the personal one, anyway – at the moment I still have my “professional” account but it doesn’t get much use), I set up rss to follow some people whose feeds I valued. Tonight I’m catching up on some of them in feedly, and it’s …. interesting.

In a few different people’s feeds I’m seeing posts about how to keep using twitter but making your stats less useful… which may feel good as a privacy step, but doesn’t actually impact their ability to sell ads based on impression and interaction counts. ALSO there are MANY MANY alternatives to Twitter! You don’t have to stay in an abusive relationship with the social media site you generate unpaid content for (and I’ve started giving YouTube a heavy sideeye based on that).

Links post for 2017-10-23 to 2017-10-29

Several videos this week – some informational, some that made me happy when i needed it.

Links post for 2017-10-16 to 2017-10-22


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